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Wire Taps: Anthony Rendon out of All-Star Game; Nationals leave 19 on base in loss + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of three with the Royals in D.C.

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Going 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position and 19 left on base is no way to win a game, even against a team struggling like the Royals are this season.

Davey Martinez’s squad tries to even things up in the second game of three in Nationals Park at 4:05 PM EDT this afternoon... Until then, go read your links:

NATS BEAT:

NO ASG FOR ANTHONY:

Rendon to skip ASG due to nagging injuries - (MLB.com)
"Anthony Rendon has elected to spend his All-Star break recovering from the nagging injuries that he says he has been playing through for weeks."

Rendon not going to All-Star Game (Nats down 7-4 in the 11th) - (MASN)
"Rendon has been nursing what he’s called a 'nagging injury' for a few weeks now, and has not been running full speed down the line."

Anthony Rendon will not be going to the All-Star Game - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Rendon, Martinez and other members of the Nationals organization met pregame Friday to discuss what Rendon should do."

Rendon missing All-Star Game due to hamstring/quad issue - (MASN)
"Manager Davey Martinez said Nationals personnel sat down with Rendon before the game to recommend he not play in the All-Star Game."

Anthony Rendon won’t attend All-Star Game - (WaPost)
"Rendon, the Nationals' star third baseman, will instead take the four-day break to heal up for the second half."

19 LOB:

Nats rally in ninth, fall in 11th as offense fails to capitalize on chances - (WaPost)
"Fifth starter spot continues to be a concern as Austin Voth struggles again to get through fifth inning."

Nats rally to tie but can't finish off Royals, lose in 11 (updated) - (MASN)
"So as tonight’s series opener against the Royals played out, it was only natural to assume the Nats would find a way to pull this one out as well."

Zim's historic night ends with defeat in extras - (MLB.com)
"Zimmerman collected a career-high three doubles and a pair of RBI on the night, but later he would lament that he did not add more..."

Rando Nats Links:

Nats trying to work with Victor Robles to avoid injury at plate, on bases - (MASN)
"Robles now ranks second in the majors with 15 hit-by-pitches, trailing only the RedsDerek Dietrich (16)."

Fernando Rodney emerges as Nationals’ backup closer. At least for now. - (WaPost)
“'He’s going to be the guy,' Manager Dave Martinez said of Rodney, who notched his second save with Washington on Thursday.'"

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Rendon out of ASG; Muncy, Bieber, Hendriks in - (ESPN)
"Anthony Rendon is skipping the All-Star Game. On Friday evening, MLB announced that Rendon has bowed out of next week's Midsummer Classic in order to rest his banged-up body."

A $5M Settlement, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Max Scherzer, And The Importance Of Parental Leave Rights - (Forbes)
"Washington Nationals’ pitching ace Max Scherzer recently took parental leave and helped shine a light on a hot employment topic: ensuring that employers’ parental leave policies are fair and gender-neutral."

Royals take the first game from the Nationals in Washington - (The Kansas City Star)
"The Nationals missed out on a chance to get the winning run in from third with one out in the 10th, and the Royals scored three runs in the 11th..."

VIDEO: Yost on Royals’ 11-inning victory over Nationals - (FOX Sports)
"Ned Yost on using seven different relievers in the Royals' victory in 11 innings: 'There was a lot of guys I didn't want to use today, but I just had no other choice.'"